Originally Posted by Tomasso
It seems to me that the Tuxedo is such a ubiquitous garment, that no one really notices if ones tux is made as well as a fine suit. These jackets tend to be a serge or a worsted wool in a 100s, and our friend wants one ASAP. For a few hundred dollars, he can get something that he can wear for several years. If having his own tux was anything other than an impulse purchase, then by all means spend the bucks to get a really great one. He needs it fast, so he should get what is available, looks good, and fits well. I can understand his desire to buy something rather than to wear someone elses rented pants. I wouldn't want my "boys" in their either. I recently rented a tux this year to attend a black-tie event. The rental garment fit fine, but I hated every minute of wearing something rented. Next time I know I have to go black tie, I will probably get something from an outlet. I am still kicking myself, because six years ago I did not buy a Hickey-Freeman Tux from Off Fifth Avenue for $499.00. I haven't found anything of that quality in any of the outlet stores in recent years. I will most likely have to get a fused Tuxedo, since I really can't justify spending $1,000 for something I might have the opportunity to wear once a year.